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Human Trafficking, Modern Slavery, Migration and Organised Crime MA, PGCert, PGDip

Previous degree


Distance learning available


Student visa accepted?



1 year (full-time)

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Trace intersections between migration and organised crime with human trafficking and modern slavery in our Human Trafficking MA

Critically engage with debates about modern slavery and human trafficking on this unique MA. You will build Conceptual and vocational insights into current developments including themes of:

  • forms of exploitation: labour, sexual, criminal, and domestic
  • causes and consequences: social, political and economic
  • migration and human rights
  • organised crime
  • victim identification, support, and care.

Commitment to social justice

Our postgraduate human trafficking course is part of our commitment to addressing social inequality through the Bakhita Centre for Research on Slavery, Exploitation and Abuse. Through this research centre, you will have access to:

  • network with policymakers, campaigners, and international experts
  • access to the latest research in the field
  • extra-curricular activities: conferences, seminars, and field-trips.

Specialist teaching and support

You will learn from high-profile experts who prioritise your wellbeing and use their research to inform course content.

A unique learning experience

Our human trafficking master’s is one of the only ones across the globe. As a result, you’ll enjoy a unique and specialised learning experience.

A diverse community in the capital

You’ll study within a diverse community, providing varied perspectives and an unrivalled network.

We are only 30 minutes from Central London, so you’ll have easy access to global organisations, charities, and the Houses of Parliament.


Neena Samota

Senior Lecturer

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Course content


The modules listed below are the modules that were available to students in the 2023/24 academic year and are illustrative of what may be offered for 2024/25. 

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Modern Slavery: the identification, support and care of victims and survivors

Entry requirements

A minimum 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent) in arts, humanities or social sciences. Undergraduate degrees in other disciplines may be considered.


Previous degree

Additional requirement information

Applicants with two years of relevant non-certified learning and professional experience in a relevant field of work, such as health, social services, police and third sector organisation will also be considered.

International Requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section.

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Further Information

For more information about entry requirements please email

Fees & funding

September 2024





Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme. Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage

Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.


You can check on the UK government website to see if you may be eligible for a loan of up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate programme.

Home and international students may also be eligible for external sources of funding. International students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

For more information, please look at our postgraduate funding page.

How the degree is taught

Assessment methods

Assessment includes a variety of methods such as written coursework, policy reviews, case studies and presentations. 

Career opportunities

With our human trafficking MA, you will develop essential transferrable skills, such as communication, critical thinking, and attention-to-detail.

You could pursue a career within:

  • the charitable sector – particularly with migrants and people who have been trafficked
  • law enforcement agencies: Police, National Crime Agency, Immigration
  • campaigning
  • the media
  • social work
  • frontline support.

The Careers Service has more information on graduate careers and part-time work available during your course.

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September 2024

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